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BOWLING GREEN (Tuesday, December 26, 2017) – The Wood County Port Authority (WCPA) is proposing the removal of the Upper Maumee River Swing Bridge (Swing Bridge) over the Maumee River, which was previously owned by CSX Railroad and is now deteriorating.

The bridge is located approximately 150 feet downriver (northeast) from Ohio Turnpike (Interstates 80/90) bridge in Wood and Lucas Counties and is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Construction is expected to begin in 2017 and last approximately 6 months. All work is weather permitting.

Due to the bridge being eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places the proposed demolition of the Swing Bridge is considered an ‘adverse effect’ to a historic bridge. Coordination was conducted and a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed September 7, 2017, between the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), the Ohio Historic Preservation Office (OHPO), ODOT, and Wood County Port Authority with, Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor, Inc., and as concurring parties.

The MOA stipulates: 1) a Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) Level II must be completed prior to demolition of the structure; 2) a commemorative plaque and display documenting the history of the WOO/LUC CSX Railroad Bridge and the Toledo Beltway must be constructed in the vicinity of the bridge; 3) commemorative elements from the bridge shall be made available for use along the Chessie Circle Trail with the approval of the Chessie Circle Trail Coordinating Committee; 4) the bridge shall be made available for reuse to entities that may have an interest in reusing all or part of the historic truss system.

Additional information:  Bridge Hunter – Toledo Terminal Bridge

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